Archives for June 1, 2017

Donuts Take Center Stage in the Big Apple! Entenmann's® Hosting a National Donut Day 2017 Party on June 2 in Heart of New York City and Consumers can "Win Free Donuts for a Year"

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National Donut Day is tomorrow!  

 

Entenmann’s® Bakery, a division of Bimbo Bakeries USA, is making donuts the star of New York by bringing its 2017 National Donut Day celebration to Times Square, on June 2.  Fans will have the opportunity to sample delicious Entenmann’s Donuts, take part in fun activities and be wowed by the world famous Harlem Globetrotters.

 

Thousands of donuts will be given away throughout the 2017 National Donut Day celebration. Fans who cannot be in New York can join the festivities Live on Entenmann’s® Facebook page and share in the fun using #NationalDonutDay and #Entenmanns.

 

Starting today, specially marked National Donut Day boxes of delicious Rich Frosted Donuts are available for purchase, and consumers can enter into the “Win Free Donuts for a Year” sweepstakes via Entenmann’s® Facebook page. For each entry, $1 will be donated to charity partner Feeding America, up to $10,000. With 200 Food Banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs throughout the U.S., Feeding America is able to serve 1 in 7 Americans and continue the fight against hunger in our country.  More information about the sweepstakes and donation program is available www.entenmanns.com/nationaldonutday.

 

“We are excited to bring our National Donut Day celebration to Times Square and raise funds for Feeding America,” said Lorraine Hale, Senior Director of Marketing for Entenmann’s Bakery, part of Bimbo Bakeries USA. “Our ‘Win Free Donuts for a Year’ sweepstakes is a fun way for Entenmann’s® to engage with our fans and a National Donut Day tradition. Who wouldn’t want a year’s worth of donuts!”

 

Entenmann’s® got its start 119 years ago in Brooklyn, New York and today, the brand produces more than 780 million donuts annually. In fact, Entenmann’s has made more than 4 billion donuts, which, if laid end-to-end, would wrap around the earth almost nine times.

 

Entenmann’s also launched a new line of specialty donuts.  The brand new Donut Shoppe Donuts feature a colorful new top iced coating, sprinkle topping and will be served in a retro style donut shop design flat box.  The varieties include:

 

  • Black and White Donut – This vanilla flavored yellow cake donut with rich chocolate frosted and vanilla flavored white coating is a delicious rendition of the popular New York classic cookie
  • Party Sprinkled Donut – A moist yellow cake donut with a sweet party flavored glaze, white frosted coating and topped with fun party sprinkles
  • Seasonal Flower Donut – A fun, festive and flower shaped vanilla flavored yellow cake donut topped with a colorful sweet coating and pastel colored sprinkles

 

These delicious new treats hit store shelves in April 2017 in the Northeast, Metro and Midwest regions right in time for this year’s National Donut Day celebration.

 

Donut Shoppe Donuts are a tasty addition to the Entenmann’s donut family which includes the renowned Rich Frosted and Crumb Topped Donuts (aka Mr. and Mrs. Rich Frosted), in addition to seasonal favorites like the Lemon, Harvest Pumpkin and Cider Donuts.

Starting today, consumers nationwide can purchase specially marked National Donut Day boxes of delicious Rich Frosted Donuts and enter into the “Win Free Donuts for a Year” sweepstakes via Entenmann’s® Facebook page! Share the fun using #NationalDonutDay and #Entenmanns.

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They do have delicious chocolate donuts! Yum!! I can’t wait to eat one tomorrow!

About Entenmann’s® Bakery

Entenmann’s history dates back over 119 years to 1898 when William Entenmann opened his first bakery in Brooklyn, New York.  By the 1960s the company was selling delicious donuts throughout the New York metropolitan area; by the 1970s it began selling nationwide.  Today, Entenmann’s markets over 100 different baked goods in the U.S., producing 780 million donuts a year – one of which is the #1-best-selling classic Entenmann’s Rich Frosted Donut introduced in 1973.

 

 

Self Disclosure: I received free delicious chocolate covered donuts to post. No other compensation was received. 

 

Voodoo Doughnut Now Open at Universal CityWalk Just in Time for National Doughnut Day! Stumptown Coffee, the Perfect Complement to a Voodoo Doughnut, Also Brewed at the Location in Exclusive Pink Espresso Machine

Founders Tres Shannon & Kenneth (Cat Daddy) Pogson at Voodoo Doughnut at Universal CityWalk

Founders Tres Shannon & Kenneth (Cat Daddy) Pogson at Voodoo Doughnut at Universal CityWalk.

Good things come in pink boxes is Voodoo Doughnut’s mantra as the irreverent, world famous pastry shop sweetens up Universal CityWalk with its first-ever California location, situated adjacent to Universal Studios Hollywood, The Entertainment Capital of L.A.

Voodoo Doughnut at Universal CityWalk is now open.

“We are beyond thrilled to open Voodoo Doughnut at Universal CityWalk and share our menu of fabulous doughnuts with the world at the top entertainment destination in Los Angeles,” said Voodoo Doughnut founder, Kenneth “Cat Daddy” Pogson.

“The arrival of Voodoo Doughnut to Universal CityWalk coincides with the destination’s ongoing revitalization,” said Karen Irwin, President and COO, Universal Studios Hollywood. “Their unique brand and delicious signature one-of-a-kind doughnuts is the perfect complement to CityWalk’s over-the-top vibrancy.”

Hailing originally from Portland, Oregon by founders Kenneth “Cat Daddy” Pogson and Tres Shannon, the new L.A. pastry shop serves a range of 60 eclectic doughnuts, including vegan options and the Hollywood Cream, created for Universal CityWalk.

A variety of scrumptious flavored doughnuts are available, such as Grape Ape, Mango Tango, the Voodoo Bubble and Bacon Maple Bar as well as their iconic Voodoo Doll. A popular take-out option, Voodoo Doughnuts are served in signature pink boxes or in a custom-made wooden coffin.

The new location also features another Portland specialty:  Stumptown coffee, which brews regularly from the first-ever pink Stumptown espresso machine located exclusively at Universal CityWalk’s Voodoo Doughnut.

Keeping with their longstanding tradition, Voodoo Doughnut helps celebrate marital bliss by hosting weddings ceremonies, complete with a doughnut and coffee catered reception.

The new Voodoo Doughnut shop finds its sweet spot at the inimitable Universal CityWalk, located near the “5 Towers” outdoor concert stage and adjacent to Universal Cinema, which recently completed a multi-million dollar renovation and features deluxe recliner seating.

Voodoo Doughnut has expanded to multiple U.S. cities in Eugene, Ore., Denver, Colo., and  Austin, Texas. The CityWalk location marks their first California establishment. 

More information about Universal CityWalk is available at www.CityWalkHollywood.com. Regular updates also can be found on CityWalk’s Twitter @CityWalkLA, Facebook page Universal CityWalk Hollywood and Instagram @CityWalkLA.

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Universal Studios Hollywood is The Entertainment Capital of L.A. and includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour. As a leading global entertainment destination, Universal Studios Hollywood delivers highly themed immersive lands that translate to real-life interpretations of iconic movie and television shows. Recent additions include “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” which features a bustling Hogsmeade village and such critically-acclaimed rides as “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” andFlight of the Hippogriff™, Universal Studios Hollywood’s first outdoor roller coaster.  Other immersive lands include “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” as well as “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, located adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons RideTM” and the “The Walking Dead” daytime attraction.  The world-renowned Studio Tour is Universal Studios Hollywood’s signature attraction, inviting guests behind-the-scenes of the world’s biggest and busiest movie and television studio where they can also experience such authentic and immersive thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged.” The adjacent Universal CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex also includes the all-new multi-million dollar, completely redesigned Universal Cinema, featuring deluxe recliner seating in screening room quality theatres, and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert stage.

Photo Credit: Nathaniel Chadwick/Universal CityWalk.

American Homebrewers Association Hosts Rally in San Pedro, Calif. at Brouwerij West on June 4

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The American Homebrewers Association (AHA) hosts a series of AHA Rallies nationwide to give homebrewers the chance to check out some of their local breweries and connect with other beer enthusiasts and homebrewers in their area. This upcoming AHA Rally will take place at Brouwerij West and offers the opportunity to take a VIP tour of the brewery, meetBrouwerij West brewers and staff, enjoy beer samples and win great prizes. Plus, event parking is free—and all attendees will take home a Rally-exclusive gift from the AHA!

Full event details can be found here.

WHEN:           Sunday, June 4

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

 

WHERE:         Brouwerij West

110 E St. Warehouse No 9

San Pedro, CA 90731

COST:            Rallies are free for current AHA members. Non-members can join online, or sign up for a discounted member rate at the Rally. Please RSVP for the event.

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About the American Homebrewers Association:

The American Homebrewers Association has worked on behalf of the homebrewing community since 1978 and celebrates a membership of more than 46,000 homebrewers. The American Homebrewers Association (AHA) organizes events including Homebrew Con and the National Homebrew Competition. The AHA also publishes Zymurgymagazine and offers the Brew Guru™ mobile app. The AHA is part of the Brewers Association, whose Brewers Publications division is the largest publisher of contemporary and relevant brewing literature for today’s craft brewers and homebrewers.
Beer lovers and anyone interested in making their own homemade beer are invited to learn more at HomebrewersAssociation.org. Follow the AHA on Twitter, and join us onFacebook and Instagram.
The Brewers Association is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital/familial status. The BA complies with provisions of Executive Order 11246 and the rules, regulations, and relevant orders of the Secretary of Labor.
About Brouwerij West:

Brouwerij West is a unique craft brewery and venue located in the San Pedro neighborhood of Los Angeles. The company was founded in 2010 by talented brewer Brian Mercer and is now led by Mercer and his business partner Dave Holop. Brouwerij West opened in February 2016 in a former Port Warehouse originally built by the U.S. Navy during World War II. Brouwerij West’s operation encompasses 26,000 sq. ft. of the Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles facility, including 8,000 sq. ft. devoted to visitor use for its Tasting Room and events, as well as a 17,000 sq. ft. outdoor courtyard / beer garden. Brouwerij West brews its beers using traditional ingredients and methods mixed with creative inspiration to produce its own take on classic Belgian-style and farmhouse ales. Brouwerij West’s new facility is covered with solar panels and generates more electricity than it uses, and its mash filter-based brewery uses 30% less water than traditional breweries. Brouwerij West’s beers can be found on draft, in bottles and in cans at fine establishments including Baran’s 2239, The Tripel, The Cannibal Beer & Butcher, Connie & Ted’s, James Republic and many more. Follow Brouwerij West on @brouwerijwest on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Brouwerij West was named one of the best breweries to open in 2016 by LA Weekly, Thrillist.com, South Bay Magazine and Beer Advocate.

DANCES WITH KIDZ! Announces 4th Edition: Saturday, June 10, 2017

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The fiercely independent film festival Dances With Films (DWF) is pleased to announce the date for its 4th annual edition of Dances With Kidz!, which will take place on Saturday, June 10, 2017

DWF’s popular and unique DANCES WITH KIDZ! program is back for its fourth year of family-friendly films, with 28 of the 34 short films in the lineup created by kids under the age of 18.  Films this year explore themes as diverse as friendship, growing up in the 90’s, and space exploration. DANCES WITH KIDZ! will rock the Chinese Theaters on the second weekend of DWF.

WHAT:        The 4th Annual Edition of DANCES WITH KIDZ!

 

WHERE:     TCL Chinese Theaters

6801 Hollywood Blvd.

Hollywood, CA 90028

WHEN:        Saturday, June 10, 2017

WHY:          Although the family film market is one of the most profitable in the

industry, there are relatively few opportunities for independent

projects in this genre to screen, which DWF seeks to address by

providing a platform for the next generation of media visionaries.   Their popular DANCES WITH KIDZ! sidebar presents films BY kids and FOR kids.

INFO:          All tickets are $13 prior to June 1. THEREAFTER ALL tickets are $15. Tickets and passes are available for sale at http://www.tclchinesetheatres.com/ or thru the festival’s own site athttps://danceswithfilms.com.

Festival schedule can be accessed at http://danceswithfilms.com/schedule/.

 

LINEUP:

 

Dances With Kidz by Kidz

AN AMERICAN NIGHTMARE: THE MAKING OF BLOODBATH

WORLD Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 14 min.

WRITER: Sarah Evans

DIRECTOR: Jamie Lippmann

PROD: Kathy Cutler

CAST: Jamie Lippman

A group of Senior High School students go into production of a college application short film. Things don’t go as planned and emotions run high trying to avoid a disaster.

BENEVOLENT BOYS, THE

WEST COAST Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 38 min.

WRITER/DIR: William Nielson McAllister

PROD: Kirby Saxton, Kim Dominguez, Mark Dominguez

CAST: Kirby Saxton, Ian Monsen, Taylor Stoddard, Jackson Hays

Four high school friends in the 1990s get into a lot of trouble while trying to do something they think is a good idea, but, actually, maybe isn’t.  This film is a loving homage to the ’90s, when VHS was king.

 

BIRDMAN

USA, 2016, HD, 5 min.

WRITER: Yixing Li

DIRECTORS/PRODS: Yixing Li, Yixuan “Maisie” Luo

A young man dreams of flying like a bird with his own wings. Will study, training and persistence pay off, or is a man not a bird?

 

THE BOUNDARY

USA, 2017, HD, 46 min.

WRITER/DIR: Evan Hara

PRODS: Evan Hara, Brad Corn, Gregg Hara

CAST: Colton Tapp, Matthew Roy, Crystal Cook, Lesley Pedersen, Neil deGrasse Tyson

Miles, a former Air Force captain, has been taking a break since a flying accident. After he gets a call from NASA, his whole world gets flipped upside-down when he is told that reality may not be what it seems. He and his co-pilot, Doug, travel to the edge of the universe in search of answers to their existence.

 

BOX MONSTER

USA, 2012, HD, 4 min.

WRITER/DIR/PROD: Nicolas Medrano

CAST: Bradley Goedde, Manuel Medrano, Nicolas Medrano

An action-packed film about a human vs. cardboard conflict.

 

BRAVE BOY

WRITER/DIR/PROD: Alejandro Lombard

CAST: Baxter Chelsom, Charlie Paluck

A story of friendship and courage, a young boy is forced to grow up and face his fears when he realizes his best friend is not always going to be there for him.

 

THE CANDY GIRL

CAN, 2015, HD, 14 min.

WRITERS: Lettie Costea, Joshua Costea

DIRECTOR: Joshua Costea

PROD: Lettie Costea

CAST: Maia Costea, David Raynolds, Carla Costea, Izabel Pearce, Matt Kennedy, Bree Crosby, Preston Barkwell, Mae Pearce, Summer Barkwell, Zyrack Dean Osmon, Michele Pearce

The Candy Girl clandestine business has been operating smoothly in school until the principal infiltrates an undercover spy in the group. Would the infiltrator betray them?

CHOICES

WORLD Premiere | USA, 2017, HDV, 4 min.

WRITER/DIR/PROD: Nicholas Taplitz

CAST: Theo Taplitz, Daniel Taplitz

A boy who can never make up his mind about anything finds unexpected help in the fruit bowl.

CYCLE

USA, 2016, HD, 10 min.

WRITER/DIR: Caleb Wild

PRODS: Caleb Wild, Jonathan Niles-Gill

CAST: Isaac Hollingsworth, Jeremy Marr Williams, Tami Kent

A teen aging out of the foster care system, scrambling to determine his future, is suddenly interrupted by the appearance of his biological father.

EAGLE FEATHER

WORLD Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 4 min.

WRITER/DIR/PROD: Pasquale Encell

CAST: Pasquale Encell, Steve Encell, Heidi Walker

In Eagle Feather an American Indian father and his young daughter leave before sunrise to drive to an American wilderness lake so that she can find her first ceremonial eagle feather. We see beautiful animated landscapes and assorted wildlife as our heroes journey on their quest. Eagle Feather is based on portions of my own childhood and the background music is traditional American Indian songs.

FLU SEASON

CALIFORNIA Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 6 min.

WRITER: Isabella D’Ambrosio

DIRECTORS: Cate Sundahl, Koko Crawford, Remy Boul

PROD: Karen Bennett

CAST: Ava Downing, Maddox Cudd, Lily Silverstein, Ian Salmon

Germaphobic Julia has a terrible day when her classmates all seem to come down with the flu.

THE FORTUNE TELLER

NORTH AMERICAN Premiere | CAN, 2016, HD, 3 min.

WRITERS: Carla Costea, Aias Dalman, Juliet Ross, Mckenna Mubanda

DIRECTOR/PROD: Levente Mihalik

CAST: Carla Costea, Aias Dalman, Juliet Ross, Mckenna Mubanda, Zach Wolfman

Three friends don’t heed to the warning of a young boy who tells them to be careful what they wish for, when they find his paper fortune teller.

GOLDFISH

WEST COAST Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 20 min.

WRITER/DIR: Christina Xing

PRODS: Pamela Bagwell, Shane Bagwell

CAST: Ella May Hunsander, Oliver Klein

Goldfish tells the story of an unlikely friendship between Amelie (an introvert) and Ben (an extrovert). They are paired together to take care of a goldfish. Except there’s one major problem. Amelie’s deathly fear of marine creatures.

HEAR ME OUT

WORLD Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 3 min.

DIRECTOR: Jenn Page

PRODS: Barbara Fifield, Kacey Fifield

CAST: Kacey Fifield

Kacey Fifield is a 12-year-old singer/songwriter. She wrote “Hear Me Out” to be heard as she sees our world with its many flaws. Please hear her out and be kind to the animals, environment and each other. Look around, stop and listen. Kids are the future. Together we can make a difference and make the world a better place.

HIS FIRST TIME

WORLD Premiere | CAN, 2016, 35mm, 6 min.

WRITER/DIR/PROD: Angel Violet Hawes

CAST: Danny Bristol, Angel Hawes, Melina Suelzle, Jeremy Stewart

A young man always remembers his “first time”. First time being truthful that is. Watch as he learns a valuable life lesson from his girlfriend….sometimes it IS best not to tell the truth.

 

LETTER TO HEAVEN

WORLD Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 5 min.

WRITER: Jennia Fredrique Aponte

DIRECTOR: Shaman Aponte

PROD: Sol Aponte

CAST: Genis Wooten, Sol Aponte, Jennia Fredrique Aponte, Trenton Lucas, Arlene Njuru

Ten-year-old Oscar is tired of getting picked on at school because of his mentally challenged father that he tried so hard to keep a secret. Oscar grows to understand his father’s challenges and finds a way to look past them, while learning to be proud of his father for the loving dad he is.

LILLY NEEDS A RIDE

USA, 2016, HD, 5 min.

WRITER/DIR/PROD: Paloma Perez

CAST: Jesse Gilbert, Morgan Wheeler

Lilly is running away from her mother and finds a friendly man with a personal connection and willingness to help her out. Is accepting a ride from a stranger ever a good idea?

THE MAGIC POWER

USA, 2016, HD, 3 min.

WRITER/DIR/PROD: William Lancaster

CAST: Maeve Morgan Phoa

This film follows a girl living in a world where everyone is born with magic powers except her. With help from her brother, she eventually finds her own unique power that is just as magic as everyone else’s.

MISSION ROAD

WEST COAST Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 9 min.

WRITER/DIR/PROD: Ioannes Palomaria

CAST: John Huckert

A homeless veteran, who is always faithful to his cause, gets another chance to save a life.

THE MOBSTERS

WEST COAST PREMIERE | USA, 2017, HD, 7 min.

WRITER/DIR/PROD: Evan Hara

CAST: Evan Hara, Ben Cheatham, Collin Jarvis

In a teenager’s world without candy, life can be rough. Mobsters who deal different kinds of sweets dominate the streets. However, Donny, one of the head honchos, is trying not to be shut down by Guido, another top gangster. Donny now has to assemble his team, take down Guido, and get the sweets.

OCTAVIUS 3 THE HEIST

WEST COAST Premiere | Australia, 2016, HD, 4 min.

WRITER/DIR/PROD: James Baras-Miller

CAST: Octavius Teddy Bear, Bob Teddy Bear, Buttercup Teddy Bear

Octavius escapes from prison and frames his nemesis Bob for a major art heist. With the law closing in Bob Teddy Bear must clear his name before he can discover the truth and bring the evil Octavius Teddy Bear to justice.

PLANET 98475

WORLD Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 8 min.

WRITER/DIR: Noah Z

PROD: Noah Z, Rafael Z

CAST: Jack Massee, Atlantic Terry

This story is about the argument between a flesh and blood human and an artificial intelligence robot. The man and robot argue about who is human and who is not, while being stuck on planet 98475 by themselves. They have to learn how to get along.

PLASTIC IS FOREVER

USA, 2016, HD, 19 min.

DIRECTOR/PROD: Dylan D’Haeze

FEATURING: Dylan D’Haeze

Dylan D’Haeze, a 13-year-old filmmaker from the San Juan Islands, follows plastic trash to where it ends up—with some surprising results. And he shows how kids can help make a difference in a world that is increasingly dependent on plastic.

PLEASE

WORLD Premiere | USA, 2016, HDV, 13 min.

WRITER/DIR/PROD: Shirley Sui

CAST: Brian Falkner, Sofie Puchley, Noah Jones, Juliette James

An old clown has a superpower. He can make everyone follow his orders just by saying ‘please.’ For decades, he tries to find his teenage lover by telling his life story.

RECESS

WEST COAST Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 3 min.

WRITER: Aidan Wonderling

DIRECTORS: Aidan Wonderling, Brett Elam

PRODS: Aidan Wonderling, Brett Elam, Amy Wonderling, Polymyth Productions

CAST: Aidan Wonderling, Gabriel Robert, Zach Thomas, Kalia Young, Nola Tallone, Charlotte Moran, Brett Elam, Ava Lovell, Theo Christopherson

Do you remember being in elementary school and the times you spent during recess? For a kid, it’s the toughest choice of the day deciding what to do in those precious 15 minutes.

SMILE: A MUSICAL

WORLD Premiere | USA, 2017, HDV, 16 min.

WRITER/DIR: Sarah Phillips

PRODS: Laetitia Leon, Sarah Phillips

CAST: Maya Grace Fischbein, Desmond Newson, Susan May Pratt, Aaron McPherson, Gina Hecht, M.J. Ordinario, Sydney Haik

When Hazel fails to connect with her clinically depressed father, she goes on a musical journey to make him smile.

STANDPOINT

US Premiere | US, 2016, HDV, 16 min.

WRITER/DIR: Erik Hirschhorn

PRODS: Erik Hirschhorn, Shirley He

CAST: Dakota Bailey, Solon Carter, AnaLia Lenchantin, Jonathan Sharp

Aliza is a Jewish ballarina who must escape Nazi occupied Poland in order to attend to a dance Audition in Prague.

Dances With Kidz by Pros

THE ADVENTURES OF WOOLLYFOOT & FRIENDS

WORLD Premiere | UK, 2016, HD, 5 min.

WRITERS/PRODS: Ed Hartwell, Sarah Simi

DIRECTOR: Ed Hartwell

CAST: Ed Hartwell (voice)

Woollyfoot is a loveable monster living in the wilderness. He explores his environment and makes friends through music, dance and the discarded objects he finds in the forest.

BAD LITTLE FAIRIES

WORLD Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 5 min.

WRITER/DIR: Gayla Goehl

PRODS: Gayla Goehl, Nathan Moore, Eric Rottman

CAST: Cara Royston, Ruby Matenko, Alondra Munoz, Chynna Merritt, Evangeline Lindes

When the little fairies in Fairy Fairy Land get a little too curious and mischief gets the best of them, hilarious events to unfold and all the residents of Fairy Fairyland will never be the same.

THE ELIMINADORA

USA, 2016, HD, 20 min.

WRITERS: Jesus Renteria, P.J. Gaynard

DIRECTOR: P.J. Gaynard

PRODS: P.J. Gaynard, Jesus Renteria, Ana Renteria, Anne Grauso,Deven MacNair, Amanda Hart

CAST: Nadia Renteria, Brenda Banda, William Guirola, Michael Chubb, Tito Santana, Deven MacNair,Rigo Obezo, Andre Salcido, Sidd Munjal

Ten year old Sofia dream of being a lucha libre champion, like her father before her. However a disapproving mother and overprotective father stand in the way of her plans. So Sofia sets off on a journey that takes her all over the city in an attempt to make her dreams come true.

 

MR VIOLET

CALIFORNIA Premiere | Iran, 2014, HD, 3 min.

DIRECTOR: Abbas Jalali yekta-Mohammad hossein Azam pour

PROD: Ehsan Rasoulof

Mr Violet lives on a mug in a busy cafe. his life is boring and full of loneliness, till the time when presence of a girl on another mug change his life.

PRESSURE

WORLD Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 9 min.

WRITER: Adria Dawn

DIRECTOR: David Tarleton, Adria Dawn

PRODS: Adria Dawn, David Tarleton, Stacey Flaster, Elizabeth Fauntleroy

CAST: Daniel Pass, Meghan Keefe, Jay Metzger, Matt Pierce

Overwhelmed with the pressure from his parents and peers to succeed in sports, school and activities, a boy struggles to keep it together.

SUPERMOM

USA, 2016, HD, 14 min.

WRITER/DIR: Jason Honeycutt

PRODS: Jason Honeycutt, Nick Pellegrini

CAST: Justine Herron, John Hensley, Kaylee Dennis, Garret T. Sato, Olivia Honeycutt, A Leslie Kies

“Supermom” is the “must see” (Palm Springs Life) award-winning short film about a daughter who believes her mother is a real life super hero – she might be right. It stars Justine Herron (“Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain”) and John Hensley (star of “Nip/Tuck,” “Teeth,” etc.).

Credit: DANCES WITH KIDZ!

Books of the week are just perfect reading for the Spring!

Bloom

BLOOM by Deborah Diesen and Mary Lundquist (Macmillan Children’s/Farrar Straus Giroux BFYR, 978-0-37430-250-4, March 2017 (ages 2-6) 
Debbie Diesen is the New York Times-bestselling author of the Pout-Pout Fish series. Her gentle storytelling here is reminiscent of the warm and funny text in Pout-Pout Fish books.
I love this delightful story and it is just perfect for the Spring! It’s not only about the Spring and flowers blooming, it is also about growing up. I also like that Mom and the daughter are different races which really relates to today’s times. 

Wildlife

WILDLIFE: A MAP COLORING BOOK by Natalie Hughes (Macmillan Children’s/Henry Holt BYR, 978-1-25011-439-6, March 2017 (ages 6-12)
I love the fact that this book has perforated edges so that the completed maps can be torn out and proudly hung up! There are colorful illustrations with small facts so it is also educational as it teaches about the world!

Take Your Time

TAKE YOUR TIME by Eva Furrow and Donna Jo Napoli; illustrated by Laurel Molk (Macmillan Children’s/Henry Holt BYR, 978-0-80509-521-0, April 2017, ages 4-8)
I love how Harriet the tortoise reminds readers to slow down and appreciate their surroundings! I also love that this teaches about the animals that live in the Galapagos Islands. It’s an educational book filled with facts and brightly colored illustrations. 
Self Disclosure: I received free copies of the above books to facilitate this post. Cover photos were also provided.